Learning Objects Developed by Brock Students in Mathematics Courses

Department of Mathematics




Learning Objects Developed by Brock Students in Mathematics Courses


In 2001, the Department of Mathematics of Brock University launched in 2001 its new Mathematics core program, entitled Mathematics Integrated with Computers and Applications (MICA). In addition to all traditional courses, such as Calculus, Algebra, Geometry, that were revised under the MICA guiding principles*, innovative project-oriented core MICA courses were added to the program: first year MICA I, second year MICA II, and third year MICA III. In these courses, students individually design and implement original digital environments about a mathematical topic of their own choice. This site shows selected student projects. We are planning on adding other students' projects in the future. See also Learning Objects developed by the Department of Mathematics.

* See Canadian Mathematical Society Notes article (October 2007) Brock News for further information.

Teaching Projects

These teaching environments are designed for elementary or secondary learners. Our students choose a mathematical topic on their own, and design and implement an original teaching environment related to their topic.  These selected projects were developed in the first year course MICA I, or the second year course MICA II, or as a fourth year Honour's thesis project. 

Note that the original projects are implemented by students in VB.NET, but for Internet compatibility, they were faithfully as possible converted** into FLASH. To run properly these projects you will need Flash Player 9.  Click here to download it.

Honour's Thesis Project

Fantastic Fractions

Fantasy Fractions / Fractions Fantastiques
(Flash conversion in construction - executable files are temporarily available.)
created*** by Sarah Camilleri (4th year MICA student), Honour's Thesis project, April 2007.
***A collaborative project with the Grade 5 class at École Nouvel Horizon (Welland, ON).
Project Summary

Second Year Course MICA II Projects

Egyptian Mathematics

Egyptian Mathematics
created by Danielle Hallet and Cassie Lefaive (3rd year BSc/BEd students), MICA II project, December 2005

First Year Course MICA I Projects

Negative Numbers

Negative Numbers
created by Jessica Laird (1st year BSc/BEd student), MICA I project, April 2005

Money

Money
created by Andrea Brown and Jacquie Guidon (1st year BSc/BEd students), MICA I project, April 2005

Terific Times Tables

Terrific Times Tables
created by Erin Kox (1st year BSc/BEd student), MICA I project, April 2005

Terific Times Tables

Hercules and Area
(Flash conversion in construction - executable file is temporarily available)
created by Patrick Cartier (1st year BSc/BEd student) and Adam Profetto (1st year MICA student), MICA I Project, April 2005

Exponent laws

Exponent laws
created by Katherine Christian and Danielle Brignull (1st year BSc/BEd student), MICA I project, April 2004

Terrific Times Tables

Exploring the Pythagorean Theorem
created by Lindsay Claes (1st year BSc/BEd student), MICA I project, April 2004

BEDMAS

Bedmas
created by Diane Tombs and Jessica Van Druten (1st year BSc/BEd students), MICA I project, April 2004

Exploratory and Application Projects

In these exploratory and application projects, the students design and implement an original environment to investigate a mathematical problem or concept, or to simulate a mathematical application. As for teaching projects, students choose a topic on their own.  The environments they implement are meant for university level users that may have been introduced to the definition of the concept that is investigated. Students submit to the faculty a written document with their project that present conclusions based on their observations from calculations performed with their environments.  In the following, only the implemented environments are presented.  The selected projects were developed in the first year course MICA I or in the second year course MICA II.

Note that the original projects are implemented in VB.NET, but for Internet compatibility, they were converted** into FLASH as faithfully as possible. To run properly these projects you will need Flash Player 9Click here to download it.

Second Year Course MICA II Projects

Terific Times Tables

Running in the Rain
Created by Kylie Maheu (2nd year MICA student) and Matthew Lillie (3rd year BSc/BEd student), MICA II project, December 2005

Project Summary (Running in the Rain)

 

Terrific Times Tables

The Mandelbrot Set

Created by Adam Profetto (2nd year MICA student), MICA II project, December 2005

Project Summary (The Mandelbrot Set)

 

Rowing

Rowing  (Flash conversion in construction - executable file is temporarily available)
Created by Patrick MacGregor (2nd year MICA student), MICA II project, December 2005

Project Summary (Rowing)

 

First Year Course MICA I Projects

Structure of Hailstone Sequences

The Structure of Hailstone Sequences

Created by Colin Phipps (1st year MICA student), MICA I project, April 2004

Project Summary (The Structure of Hailstone Sequences)

 

Intervention Simulator

Intervention Simulator 1.1 (Flash Conversion in construction - executable file is temporarily available)
Created by Gary Billard (1st year MICA student) and Ryan Bruno (4th year economics student completing a minor in mathematics), MICS I project, April 2006

Project Summary (Intervention Simulator 1.1)

 

Encryption Pseudorandomness Explorer

Created by Neil Marshall (1st year MICA student), MICA I project, April 2007

Project Summary (Encryption Pseudorandomness Explorer)

** Thanks to Flash programmers Aleksandar Mirkovic, Chris Roy, and Jeff Chudak under the supervision of Mike Laurence of the Multimedia Production & Innovation Centre at Brock University. The FLASH conversion was funded by the Faculty of Mathematics and Science of Brock University.